Expert uses satellite imagery to estimate size of recent Grand Isle Oil Spill at over 600,000 gallons and almost 3,500 sq. km


Grand Isle Oil Spill - More Than 4 Gallons?, SkyTruth, March 28, 2011:

IF our analysis of the March 22, 2011 MODIS satellite image is correct, and we assume the apparent oil slick on that image is on average only 1 micron -- one millionth of a meter -- thick, then that roughly 2,427 km2 oil slick held at least 640,728 gallons.

That would make it a major spill (more than 100,000 gallons), and a heckuva lot more than the 4 gallons in total that was reported to the National Response Center. ...

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